The term ATEX is an abbreviation for “ATmosphere EXplosible” The term ATEX is also used to refer to the ATEX Directive 2014/34/EU which covers equipment and protective systems for use in potentially explosive atmospheres. The Directive defines the essential health and safety requirements and conformity assessment procedures, to be applied before products are placed on the EU market. National authorities are responsible for implementing the directive by transposing it’s provisions into legislation, the statutory instrument in Ireland is SI No. 230 of 2017.
This legislation coincides with Directive 1999/92/EC, which sets out the minimum requirements for improving the safety and health protection of workers potentially at risk from explosive atmospheres.
The ATEX directive places the responsibility on employers to control and/or eliminate the risks arising from their operations which may contain potentially explosive atmospheres and to ensure that employees have a safe place of work. Employers must also be able to demonstrate that they have taken into consideration the risks for overall protection safety measures, providing evidence for each explosion protection measure implemented.
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